ANTIQUE Allen & Thurber WORCHESTER PERIOD Bar Hammer PEPPERBOX Revolver
First American Double Action Revolving Pistol
Here we present an antique Allen & Thurber Bar Hammer 6-shot Pepperbox pistol. While simplifying shooting (no manual cocking of the hammer), the bar hammer did preclude the inclusion of usable sights. However, this early example of a double-action pistol must have been quite a selling point. As these were considered “point and shoot” short range defensive weapons or “belly guns”, the market did not seem to object to the limitation of not having sights.
Ethan Allen was already a prolific inventor and successful businessman in the 1830s when he came up with this design. This percussion, six-shot, double-action pocket revolver was a very popular pistol that was produced in Worcester, Massachusetts. It’s a 31-caliber pepperbox with a revolving screw off fluted barrel and has factory engravings in a floral motif executed on both sides of the frame. Made from 1847-1854, these pistols enjoyed even greater popularity than Sam Colt’s first pistol. The history that these pistols enjoyed over the years is astounding: the Seminole Wars, Gold Rush, Mexican War and American Civil War. These guns are true relics of American history.
The overall condition is very good. The action is strong. The bores are mostly bright and in very good shape. The frame is lightly engraved with traditional floral designs. At some point the trigger guard has been replaced. Both grips are solid and remain in great shape. A great pepperbox to collect and display!
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Barrel is 3 inches.
Caliber: .31 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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